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Taking stock of your first quarter

10:21PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

We’ve just come through the first quarter of the financial year. It’s a good opportunity to have a look at how your business is performing in these three key areas. BY MARC PESKETT.

Planning  | Business planning  | Blogs  | Marc Peskett

Calls mount for US start-up visa to spur immigrant-founded start-ups

10:46PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Almost a quarter of US tech start-ups were founded by immigrants, according to a new report by the Kauffman Foundation, but this figure is currently in decline.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Business advice and education

Rest their weary head anywhere with Ostrich Pillow

10:32PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

In today's hectic world, many people can't find the time to get enough sleep. Thankfully, a new sleeping “helmet” called the Ostrich Pillow makes falling asleep in unconventional places comfortable.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Sean Parker’s Airtime faces downtime amid “toxic” start-up climate

10:19PM | Wednesday, 3 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech entrepreneur Sean Parker has described the current climate in Silicon Valley as “the most toxic time ever” for his latest start-up Airtime, which is struggling to take off.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Business advice and education

Reserve Bank cuts cash rate to 3.25% as 2013 outlook weakens

10:03PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Reserve Bank has lowered the official interest rate by 25 basis points, admitting the growth outlook for next year looks “a little weaker” on the back of international developments.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

iPledg rolls out record $1.2 million crowdfunding campaign

10:00PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An events management and marketing company has launched Australia’s largest ever crowdfunding campaign, attempting to raise $1.2 million on iPledg.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

TV mogul Simon Cowell to launch X Factor-style series for start-ups

10:52PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A prominent Australian entrepreneur has called for a domestic television series on start-ups, following TV mogul Simon Cowell’s launch of an X Factor-inspired show for tech entrepreneurs in the UK.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Facebook acquires founders of Carsabi, but not the start-up itself

10:45PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Facebook has acqui-hired the founders of Y Combinator start-up Carsabi, who are attempting to sell the service to focus on their new jobs, which could include Facebook’s new “Gifts” feature.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Buy a business  | Sell a business  | Technology

New bike helmet senses crashes

10:13PM | Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

If you get knocked unconscious in an accident while snowboarding or riding a bike, who will call for an ambulance? Thanks to a new invention, it could be your helmet.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

SMEs gearing up for Christmas discounting frenzy: Report

10:15PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

Australian businesses are gearing up for a concerted spate of discounting in order to spur spending heading into Christmas, with expectations for selling prices hitting a 20-year low, according to new research.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sales

How we raised thousands via crowdfunding

10:32PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Oliver Milman

A growing number of Australian entrepreneurs are raising capital through crowdfunding websites. Here’s a look at some local entrepreneurs who have raised thousands. BY OLIVER MILMAN.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Cashflow  | Technology  | Websites

Inspire9 to host crowdfunding crash course

10:55PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups have an opportunity to learn the secrets of successful crowdfunding campaigns at an event next month, as the method grows in popularity as a way to raise finance.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Sole trader

Less than 20% of small firms conduct credit checks: Report

10:42PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than 80% of small business decision-makers have experienced cashflow issues in the past year, according to a new survey, but only 17% conduct credit checks on new customers.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow  | Sole trader

Victorian council offers $10,000 start-up grants – but what are other councils doing?

10:26PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A city council in Victoria is offering start-ups grants of up to $10,000 in a bid to boost the region’s business sector, as councils across the country ramp up their support for start-ups.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital  | Business Grants

Wearable camera could become the next festival must-have

10:29PM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Many concert-goers these days seem to be more concerned about getting the perfect photo on their phone than enjoying the show. Thanks to a new type of camera, they can now do both.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Mobile commerce boom among five key trends hitting retailers

10:00AM | Monday, 1 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An “exponential” growth in shopping via smartphones and an increasing customer awareness of price promotions are some of the key retail trends identified in new reports by eBay and Nielsen.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Websites

Zendesk hunts for software developers after opening new centre

9:33PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian software developers will gain access to a new Melbourne-based development centre set up by Zendesk, which will serve as a hub for the development of cloud technologies.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology

Sydney start-up OpenLearning to go up against Coursera

9:14PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Sydney start-up OpenLearning will go up against online education heavyweight Coursera as it prepares to launch a range of free and paid courses.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Technology  | Websites  | IT

The Wizard of Oz inspires GPS-enabled shoes

9:32PM | Friday, 28 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Whether you live in the Emerald City, or Emerald in Victoria, a new pair of GPS-enabled shoes can direct you home with a click of the heels. After all, there’s no place like home.

 | Planning  | Business planning

Apple’s Steve Wozniak heading to Oz – three things ‘Woz’ can do for start-ups

9:20PM | Thursday, 27 September 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak plans to relocate to Australia permanently within two years, it’s been reported, in what could be a major boon for the local start-up sector.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Technology  | Business advice and education
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